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Panashe Chigumadzi to present the next Jacana Media Masterclass for aspiring writers

Panashe Chigumadzi presents the next Jacana Media Masterclass for aspiring writers

 

Sweet MedicineJacana Media is running a series of Masterclasses for aspiring writers in 2016 – the next one will be hosted by Panashe Chigumadzi.

All Masterclasses will be held on a Thursday at the Jacana offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. The cost of the class includes a copy of the author’s latest book.

Chigumadzi is the author of Sweet Medicine.

This is not to be missed!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 28 July 2016
  • Time: 5:30 PM for 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Jacana Media
    10 Orange Street
    Auckland Park
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest: Panashe Chigumadzi
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • Cover charge: R60 for students, R100 for everyone else (each delegate will receive a copy of Sweet Medicine)
  • RSVP: Takalani Lubengo, Jacana Media, rsvp@jacana.co.za, 011 628 3200

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2016 Bloody Book Week crime fiction festival - programme revealed

2016 Bloody Book Week crime fiction festival - programme revealed
The Sunday Times Big Pub Quiz BookDark ForcesA Time Of Torment
DominionRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria MysteryCold Case ConfessionThe Griekwastad MurdersA Citizen's Guide To Crime Trends In South Africa

 
Alert! The programme for the 2016 Bloody Book Week has been released, including international authors Stephen Leather, John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard as well as local luminaries Sally Andrew, Alex Eliseev, Jacques Steenkamp, Anine Kriegler and Larry Benjamin.

The festival, which focuses on crime fiction and is organised by Jenny Crwys-Williams’s company Jenny & Co, will take place from Thursday, 28 July to Sunday, 31 July in venues around Johannesburg.

Check out the programme:

THURSDAY 28 JULY 2016

The Bloody Crime Quiz with Quiz Master Larry Benjamin

We test your knowledge of all things criminal. Crime cases, crime books, crime writers and of course, Jack Reacher! And Sally Andrews, author of Recipes for Love and Murder. Come have some fun.

Where: Stanley Beer Yard, 44 Stanley Precinct, Milpark
Time: 6:30 for 7 PM
GPS: lat: -26.202209 long: 28.001041
Cost: R250 pp (price includes a prego roll and a glass of wine)
Bookings: bookings@jennyandco.co.za

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FRIDAY 29 JULY 2016

The Boys’ Own Breakfast with Stephen Leather chatting to Ben Williams

Be among the first in South Africa to read Stephen Leather’s latest book, Dark Forces.

Where: The Social Kitchen, Exclusive Books, Hyde Park
Time: 7 – 9 AM
Bookings: For Fanatics members only. To get a free seat, check correspondence from Fanatics and click to enter the draw ASAP.

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The Girls’ Own Roedean Breakfast with John Connolly

Where: Roedean Senior School Library, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
Time: 7:15 for 7:30 AM
GPS: lat: -26.1779935 long: 28.0476069
Cost: R120 pp
Bookings: For old girls only. 011 647 3203 or SAORA@roedeanschool.co.za

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The Teenagers’ Own Adventure Time with John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard

Where: The Auditorium, Roedean Senior School, Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
Time: 10:45 – 11:50 AM
Bookings: For senior school pupils only

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Veldskoene, Tannie Maria & Death on Route 62 with Sally Andrew

A first novel that wormed its way instantaneously into all our hearts – plus one of Tannie Maria’s best cakes!

Where: Delta Cafe, 20 Marlborough Road, Craighall Park
Time: 10 for 10:30 AM
Cost: R205 pp
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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Cold Case Justice with Alex Eliseev

Cocktails, canapes and readings from an extraordinary case.

Where: The Lobby, 54 on Bath, Rosebank
Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
Cost: R150 pp
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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Music & Murder with John Connolly & music man Charles Leonard

A unique evening of murderous music and tales.

Where: Stanley Beer Yard, 44 Stanley Precinct, Milpark
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM, after which the public can join in!
GPS: lat: -26.202209 – long: 28.001041
Cost: R195 pp (includes welcome drink)
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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SATURDAY 30 JULY 2016

In Their Own Words with Alex Eliseev

The cold case of the century through the words of the protagonists.

Where: JoziHub, 44 Stanley Precinct, Milpark
Time: 10 – 11 AM
GPS: lat: -26.202209 – long: 28.001041
Cost: R90 pp (does not include drinks)
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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Konfyt and Murder with Sally Andrew & Andre Croucamp

In which author Sally Andrew is quizzed by delicious dress designer Andre Croucamp on veldskoene, dressing down and much, much more!

Where: Bean There Coffee Company, 44 Stanley Precinct, Milpark
Time: 10 – 11 AM
GPS: lat: -26.202209 – long: 28.001041
Cost: R115 pp (does not include drinks)
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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Fresh Blood: Past, Present and Future with John Connolly

Raconteur and writer John Connolly talks crime fiction across the decades with Jenny Crwys-Williams.

Where: Antiques & Heritage of Europe, 44 Stanley Precinct, Milpark
Time: 10 – 11 AM
GPS: lat: -26.202209 – long: 28.001041
Cost: R115 pp (does not include drinks)
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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Mind Over Murder with police forensic psychologist Gerard Labuschagne, Jacques Steenkamp and joint author of A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa Anine Kriegler

Three experts in their field discuss crime SA-style.

Where: JoziHub, 44 Stanley Precinct, Milpark
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
GPS: lat: -26.202209 – long: 28.001041
Cost: R90 pp
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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In Conversation: Jenny Crwys-Williams engages with Stephen Leather: his life, his adventures, his books, and all …

Will Stephen Leather tell all to Jenny Crwys-Williams?

Where: Antiques & Heritage of Europe, 44 Stanley Precinct, Milpark
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
GPS: lat: -26.202209 – long: 28.001041
Cost: R115 pp
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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A Winter’s Tale … Dinner with John Connolly and Writers Write

Where: The Bowery, 3 Sandown Valley Crescent, Sandton
Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
Cost: R320 pp
Bookings: news@writerswrite.co.za

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SUNDAY 31 JULY 2016

The Killer Lunch: A Murderous Mix

Fancy having one of SA’s hottest crime writers at your table? Join Jenny Crwys-Williams and forensic psychologist Gerard Labuschagne plus eight authors in celebrating the world’s most popular literary genre: crime writing.

Where: Il Giardino, Stanley precinct, Milpark
Time: 12:30 for 1 PM
GPS: lat: -26.202209 – long: 28.001041
Cost: R480 pp
Bookings: www.webtickets.co.za

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Don't miss the launch of The Way I See It by Lerato Tshabalala at David Krut with Nechama Brodie

Invitation to the launch of The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow Nation

 

The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow NationPenguin Random House South Africa invite you to the launch of The Way I See It: The Musings of a Black Woman in the Rainbow Nation by Lerato Tshabalala at David Krut Bookstore tonight!

Tshabalala will be in conversation with Nechama Brodie.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 20 July 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: David Krut Bookstore
    151 Jan Smuts Avenue
    Parkwood
    Johannesburg
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: palesa@africanmavens.com

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Stephen Grootes quizzes Patrick Craven at the launch of The Battle For Cosatu: An Insider's View

The Battle For CosatuThere were many contentious and interesting discussions at the launch of former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven’s book The Battle for Cosatu at Exclusive Books in Rosebank recently.

Stephen Grootes was the suitable choice to interview Craven, as what was clearly visible from the get go was the deep admiration and respect between the two men, despite the fact that they have different worldviews on what the best economic system is.

As Grootes explained, “This is where [Craven] and I differ: I believe in well-regulated capitalism I see capitalism as the only way to get people out of poverty.”

He continued: “Patrick Craven, why am I wrong?”

Craven replied that there has never been a better time in history to show how capitalism has failed.

In the book, Craven writes about the last five tumultuous years of Cosatu, leading up to the expulsion of Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi.

Grootes asked many other hard-hitting questions, including “What happened to Cosatu?” and “Why did you resign?”, which Craven tackled with honesty and forthrightness.

Specifically of interest was Craven’s political analysis of what is going to happen in the local elections. “Sadly,” he said, “there will be no fundamental shift.”

Jennifer Platt (@Jenniferdplatt) tweeted live from the event:

 
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Massive Modjaji stock clearance sale

Publishers loungeWe have a big website sale planned, but in the meantime these titles are 50% off – you can email info@modjajibooks.co.za if you are interested in buying any of them. Only while stocks last. There are some fantastic titles on sale at a huge discount.

What with On the Dot closing and having been publishing for 9 years now, and some slightly ambitious and optimistic miscalculations in print runs, and especially needing space in my lounge and dining room for normal human activities I’ve decided to have a massive stock clearance sale. You could buy books for a library of your choice as a Mandela Day gift to the library.

The list of the 50% off titles is below. All other titles on the website for now are 10% off – Only While Stocks Last

Haidee Kruger’s The Reckless Sleeper (poetry)
Piecework by Ingrid Andersen (poetry)
Strange Fruit by Helen Moffett (poetry)
Pleasure in Relating by Susan Groves (poetry)
Sarah Frost Conduit (poetry)
Kelwyn Sole Absent Tongues (poetry)
Beverly Rycroft missing (poetry)
Fiona Zerbst Oleander (poetry)
Arja Salafranca Beyond Touch (poetry)
Fran Zieman This Listing Place (poetry)

Arja Salafranca’s The Thin Line (short stories)
The Bed Book of Short Stories edited by Joanne Hichens and Lauri Kubuitsile (short stories)
Danila Botha’s Got No Secrets (short stories)
No Sacred Cows by Chris Nicholson (short stories)

Jane Katjavivi Undisciplined Heart (memoir)
Karen Lazar’s Hemispheres: Inside a stroke (memoir)

Priscilla Holmes Now I See You (crime fiction)
Whiplash by Tracey Farren (new edition coming out with the movie, Tess in Feb 2016) (novel)

You could also buy books for a library, Modjaji will deliver the books for free if you spend R1000 on books.

And if you spend R500 – you will get a mystery discount.

All other titles on the website for now are 10% off – Only While Stocks Last

For more information on each title go to the website

Sex workers lead the way

Grace Bura (not her real name) came to South Africa three months ago from her home town of Dar es Salaam to set up a new business: sex work.  She is based in one of Durban’s biggest brothels and earns R70 per transaction. R240 of her earnings each day go to the brothel owner for rent. It’s hard and dangerous work, she says, but much more lucrative than the small clothing business she had at home. What’s more, the exchange rate works in her favour and the rands she earns here buy a decent living for her child, who lives back home with his grandparents.

Sex work in South Africa is particularly risky because of the high prevalence of HIV. Around 60% of sex workers are infected.   Fortunately for Grace, though,  her move here has  coincided with the launch of the most promising new HIV prevention tool yet.  In May this year, the Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsaoledi, announced that 10 sites across the country would start giving pre-exposure prophylaxis (known as PrEP) to sex workers.  It comes in the form of a once-a-day pill, Truvada, which works by blocking an enzyme called HIV reverse transcriptase. By blocking this enzyme, it prevents HIV from making more  copies of  itself in the body. If taken every day, Truvada gives 99% protection against HIV infection.

One of the sites chosen to dispense PrEP is the TB/HIV Care clinic in eThekwini, which already provides comprehensive health care services to sex workers.

Grace first heard about Truvada from a TB/HIV Care counselor. “I know about this clinic because I have seen the ladies come to the brothel,” she said. “She called me and told me to come here to get tested. I agreed because I want to look after my health. Thank god I was negative.”

Grace started on Truvada on June 22. She returned to the clinic yesterday to get two months’ advance supply because she is going to work in Johannesburg for a while. “Work is slow here now,” she explains. “If you go away and then come back, they think you are new and you get more clients.”

If Grace keeps on taking her pill every day – and there is every indication she will – she will be able to protect both herself and her clients, as well as their partners.

This is a giant step towards defeating a virus that accounts for more than 30% of deaths in South Africa.

*This article first appeared on http://www.whatsuphiv.blogspot.com